I Thought 2021 Would Be Better

I had such high hopes that things could not be worse than 2020.

Anna Burgess Yang

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I had such high hopes for 2021 thinking it could not POSSIBLY be worse than 2020. Oh wait. It could, with an attempted coup at the Capitol AMIDST a global pandemic.

I have been watching this building for more than four years. I knew Trump’s rhetoric was dangerous from the beginning. I watched the assaults on immigrants, BLM protestors, women… the list goes on and on.

Ironic that only when lawmakers felt that their lives were personally threatened was it “too far.” Don’t like hiding in a barricaded office hoping that you won’t be shot? Try telling that to elementary school children when you refuse to pass gun safety laws.

I’m angry at every social media site that has allowed misinformation to spread and given a platform to hate. At least they are “trying” to correct that now. If they claim to be a public service, then they should be regulated by the FCC. If they claim to be a private entity, then every user is subject to their own Terms of Service. Period. They don’t get to have it both ways.

I fear the remaining days until the inauguration, and even the time after that. If there is not some sort of dramatic repercussion for Trump, I fear that we have seen the end of safe elections in this country. We will see intimidation in voting lines, harassment of those counting ballots, and threats to those charged with certifying elections. Republicans have learned that the only way they can win is by voter suppression, lies, and bullying.

They cannot be allowed to win by mounting insurrection with no consequences.

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Anna Burgess Yang

Productivity geek + solopreneur. Niche freelance writer. #5amwritersclub frequent flyer. • https://start.annabyang.com/